Try power bars these for some quick energyany time of the day.
Recipe: Power Bars
3/4 cup butter or margarine 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups old-fashioned or quick cooking oats 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 (21-ounce) can cherry filling 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Place butter and brown sugar in a largemixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed 3 to4 minutes or until well mixed. In a separate bowl, combine flour,oats and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; mixon low speed until crumbly. Spread two-thirds of the oat mixtureinto the bottom of an ungreased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Pressdown to make a firm layer. Set aside.
Puree cherry filling with an electricblender or food processor until smooth. Pour pureed cherry fillinginto a medium saucepan. Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir intocherry filling. Cook, stirring constantly, over low heat untilmixture is thick and bubbly. Stir in almond extract. Pour cherrymixture over oat layer; spread evenly. Top with remaining oatmixture.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until goldenbrown. Let cool before cutting into bars.
Makes 32 bars.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.
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